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  1. Ell

    NETFLIX; What do you recommend to watch right now?

    Not sure I can. ;) I've seen and enjoyed Dark Matter. I'm part way through Altered Carbon but not all that motivated to finish. Sparky, have you seen Good Omens yet?
  2. Ell

    NETFLIX; What do you recommend to watch right now?

    I can't get myself to watch it. The fact it's based on a Neil Gaiman character is tempting, but I can't get past "the leads are incredibly good looking" part. I'm always leery about TV shows where everyone looks like they just walked off a fashion shoot.
  3. Ell

    New poll »» Auld Lang Syne

    Thanks for the DFW recommendation. I haven't read much Nordic Noir. The only Nordic/Scandi detective books I've read are the Stieg Larsson series, one by Peter Hoeg, and a couple by Jo Nesbo. I've quite enjoyed them, so will have to take a look at Anne Holt and Indridason.
  4. Ell

    New poll »» Auld Lang Syne

    Hello Peder, I'm doing very well. Thanks for asking. Since 2014 both sons got married (one in Hawaii - fun but logistically complicated) and we have an almost 3 year old grandson that we babysit from time to time. As far as books, I'm on the last of Robert Galbraith's series and have been...
  5. Ell

    Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith

    Hi Pontalba! The first three books have been turned into a TV mini-series by the BBC. It's being shown on HBO in Canada -- not sure about US.
  6. Ell

    Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith

    I’m really enjoying this series about private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin. Like most good detective series the relationship between Strike and Robin is as intriguing as their cases. I’m currently on the latest book of the series. For anyone interested, here’s the order...
  7. Ell

    NETFLIX; What do you recommend to watch right now?

    Black Mirror. It’s an anthology series so it’s very easy to dip in and out of if not your thing. Third season just started.
  8. Ell

    Good Omens

    I’d recommend both. Roughly, it’s about an angel and demon coming together to prevent the Apocalypse. Irreverent but not sacreligious. Funny and serious at the same time. The series was only recently released (May 31) but I’m already rewatching it. I love the droll British humour and the little...
  9. Ell

    Good Omens

    Has anyone else both read the book and watched the adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s “Good Omens” on AmazonPrime? It’s a six part series starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant. Neil Gaiman was both showrunner and writer so the show has remained very faithful to the book. I...
  10. Ell

    New poll »» Auld Lang Syne

    I suppose I’m one of the old-timers who has drifted away. My last post was in 2014! I came by today because direstraits spoke fondly of this forum in a posting elsewhere. To address one of the questions in this thread about what has happened to the old members (and I’m sure everyone has their...
  11. Ell

    Robert Plant

    Umm, I think his hair's been long since the '60s and is naturally curly. And why do you think it's ridiculous? Would you think it less ridiculous if he shaved his head bald or had a buzz-cut or used hair straighteners?
  12. Ell

    Sherlock: BBC TV Series

    Maybe you'll have to take a peek when said 'grunter' is out of the room. :D I like Person of Interest, too. I just hope they're not writing themselves into a corner like Lost.
  13. Ell

    Is the internet being used too much by authors?

    I think he means the name and date of birth of the author that the OP was originally researching. Authors' names and dates of birth, along with many celebrities and public figures are already out there.
  14. Ell

    Sherlock: BBC TV Series

    I enjoy Elementary, but other than the fact I like Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, it seems very much a standard, American episodic detective TV series. I can go weeks without watching and don't feel I've missed much. Pontalba, have you seen the second episode of Sherlock Season 3 yet? I...
  15. Ell

    Book recommendations on some genres, please? Pretty please?

    It might be helpful if gave us an idea of what you've already read and either enjoyed or hated. Here are a few off the top of my head that I've liked: Dystopia: Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood Mystery/psychological thriller: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Stiegg Larsson Science...
  16. Ell

    April 2014: Italo Calvino: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

    People might want to look at a thread we had way back in 2005 --> If On A Winter's Night a Traveler It pre-dates most of the current members, so could be of some interest. I loved this book and it's one of the few I'd like to re-visit.
  17. Ell

    Crime fiction on TV and film

    I started watching Crossing Lines last year. It was on a regular cable channel and I saw maybe three or four episodes. For some reason I lost track of it and never bothered to look it up again. What I saw was very well done. Plus, I love Donald Sutherland!
  18. Ell

    What are you reading now?

    I do read noir (e.g. Raymond Chandler, James Elroy, the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy). I'm with you - I need to be in the right frame of mind. That's probably why I like to start several books at the same time. Then I can read whatever I'm in the mood for at any given time.
  19. Ell

    Time Travel

    While not strictly a time travel book, you might like The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K LeGuin. It's about a man whose dreams can change reality. It has many of the same elements as time travel stories - e.g. How changing one thing in the past can alter the future in unexpected, sometimes...
  20. Ell

    What are you reading now?

    I'm just a wee touch pedantic. :rolleyes: Also reading: Solar by Ian McEwan. Beautiful writing, but the main character is so unlikable that it's hard to continue. Recently finished The Affair by Lee Child. It's a prequel to the Jack Reacher books. Whereas I find them entertaining and...
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